Learn all there is to know about sea turtles as they nest and lay eggs on South Florida shorelines. These programs will leave you more knowledgable about the huge sea critters than Dora’s cousin Diego!
Museum of Discovery and Science
The whole family can participate in an evening of discovery while uncovering the natural history and myths of sea turtles at the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW 2nd St.) in Fort Lauderdale.
During the months of June and July, the museum hosts Moonlight, Sea Turtles and You!, a program providing participants the chance to watch a 400-pound Loggerhead sea turtle venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs, nature permitting. Turtle Walks run from 9 p.m. to approximately 1a.m., and participation cost is $19 for non-members.
Dates for the walks are June 14-16, 21-23, 28-29, 2011 and July 5-6, 12-14, 19-20, 26-28, 2011. Additional information and reservations are available at 954-713-0930; www.mods.org.
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
Visitors can join a park ranger on a search for sea turtles at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park (6503 N. Ocean Dr., Dania Beach) during its Sea Turtle Awareness program. Taking place every Wednesday and Friday evening at 9 p.m. during the months of June and July, the group will meet for an educational experience around the campfire at the Seagrape pavilion and learn about the existence of sea turtles in the past, present and future. Park rangers will then lead turtle walks in search of nesting Loggerhead sea turtles. Walks last between one and three hours, and are included in the price of park admission:$3 for a single car occupant and $5 for two to eight people. For more information and reservations call 954-923-2833.
Anne Kolb Nature Center
The Anne Kolb Nature Center (751 Sheridon St., Hollywood) offers the Sea Turtles and Their Babies summer program from 8 pm to 9:30p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from July 1 through August 31, 2011. Following an hour-long slide presentation and lecture, participants can accompany a naturalist for a hatchling release to see what these tiny creatures face during their first crucial minutes of life. Participants will also learn how to identify each of the species of sea turtles found in South Florida, their habitat, breeding and nesting, identification of crawls and nests, conservation efforts, past exploitation and current management problems now facing sea turtles. Participation is $7 per person with pre-registration, as space is limited. For more information or reservations, call 954-357-5161.